August 19, 2015 | News

Dr. James Aramini has joined the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s (ASRC) Structural Biology Initiative as the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility manager.

“James’ arrival, coupled with the installation of three high-end NMR instruments, marks a major advance in the capabilities of our initiative and the ASRC as a whole,” Structural Biology Initiative Director Dr. Kevin Gardner said.

Aramini’s research interests focus on the elucidation of three-dimensional solution structures of proteins through NMR spectroscopy. As a result of his work, he has solved and deposited over 30 protein and nucleic acids solution structures into the Protein Data Bank. This work has been widely published and cited.

He joins the ASRC from the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University, where he served as a research professor for over a decade. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary, and completed his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

NMR spectroscopy will allow researchers to obtain information on macromolecular structure, dynamics and interactions. More broadly, the versatility of this method has allowed it to provide insights to fields as diverse as synthetic organic chemistry, material science and physiology.

“NMR has made tremendous inroads into understanding the structure, dynamics and function of biological and chemical molecules for decades,” Gardner said. “Coupling this with someone of James’ expertise and ability to work with a wide range of scientists is a real privilege, and I look forward to great discoveries in the years ahead.”